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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  287,809 ratings  ·  6,467 reviews
1957 hatte alles begonnen. Der kleine Georgie war das erste Opfer. Und dann brach "es" über die Stadt Derry herein.Über 25 Jahre später: Mike Hanlon ruft sechs Freunde zusammen und erinnert sie an den Schwur, den sie geleistet haben. Sollte "es", das namenlose Böse, noch einmal auftauchen, wollen sie sich wieder in Derry treffen. Damals sind die Freunde in Abwasserschächte ...more
Paperback, Heyne Jumbo nr. 1, 860 pages
Published April 1986 by Heyne (first published 1986)
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Jshalhov IT's worth it.

(The only way this will spoil anything is if you dont know the basic setting for the book)

The book started off a bit boring for me, but…more
IT's worth it.

(The only way this will spoil anything is if you dont know the basic setting for the book)

The book started off a bit boring for me, but ended up becoming one of my favorite King novels. There's a hump you'll get over where it stops sounding like "the body" (stand by me), and the whole "lets play stick ball and chew 2 cent gum, im gonna give you a wet willie" type stuff starts giving way to one of the most terrifying things I have ever read. Get over this hump, and the information and horror will start flowing. He just uses a lot of character building in this book.he has to take in account the age gap.

I dont think you will regret reading a couple hundred more pages before making a decision (less)
Jshalhov Pretty scary, but with a sense of humor. wont follow you too close for the rest of your life like some of his stuff tends too. Will be hard to forget…morePretty scary, but with a sense of humor. wont follow you too close for the rest of your life like some of his stuff tends too. Will be hard to forget though. 3.8/5 scary level (less)
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The most important things are the hardest things to say, because words diminish them...

Some time ago the wise bald (or white) heads stationed at various universities came to an agreement that a literary form, commonly known as the novel, is dead - fewer and fewer works of any significance are written each year. Of course, one must understand the requirements the wise gentlemen expect of a novel of worth: it would be good if the writer would include some "aesthetic dignity" by including as much a
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I'm not easily scared these days. As a grown woman, the only thing that brings the feeling of dread into my heart is the constant pinging of new work emails requiring my attention when I'm at home, but there was a time when I was a shy, delicate, sweet little girl who was scared of my own shadow.

Proof: not exactly the terror you see haunting the hallowed halls of Goodreads handing out 1 stars like they're candy these days.

It wasn't until I was around 20 that I outgrew my fear of scary creatures
You can't be clowning about IT!!!


It was easier to be brave when you were someone else.

It's kinda..."funny" how such characters that they are supposed to make us laugh, you can find just too much examples of "evil clowns", many from fantasy but even at least one from horrific reality, that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley...or any place at all!!!

The Joker, Stitches, Homie from The Simpsons, Punchinello from Dean Koontz's Life Expectancy, The Killer Klowns from Ou
Dan Schwent
In 1958, seven kids took it upon themselves to rid the town of Derry of a child killer that took the form of a killer clown. In 1985, the clown is back and the kids return to Derry to finish what they started...

Yeah, I'm a couple decades late to the party on this one. So what? Some friends were doing a group read and I decided it was time to tackle this kitten squisher.

While it's a horror story, it's also about growing up and forgetting what it's like to be a kid. Stephen King does a great job a

Alligators in the sewers?

Nope...much worse- a CLOWN!

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I never liked clowns- not even as a child- there was always something creepy about them to me- Stephen Kings IT convinced me even more- revisiting it as an adult- that clowns are baaaaaaaaad news and not to be trusted.

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October 1957- Derry, Maine- Six-year-old George Denbrough's brother- Bill is sick in bed- so George goes out alone on a rainy day to play with the paper boat Bill made for him. When the boat slides down a storm drain- George reac
Nov 22, 2011 Monk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Fans, people not scared shitless of clowns
Shelves: macabre
Holy crap this book was scary. I've always been a fan of horror novels, but very few have ever actually scared me. This book did the trick.

It's the story of a group of friends who as children did a very, very brave and noble thing. A supernatural force lives under their hometown of Derry, Maine. This force hibernates in thirty year cycles and comes to the surface to feast upon its prey - human children. It thrives on their fear as well as their flesh, and typically disguises itself as the demoni
Dec 06, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any SK fan or someone who wants a scary novel.
It's 2:39 AM, and I finished IT about four or five minutes ago. As I try to think of the right words to formulate this review...I'm left with a feeling of, "Wow...."

IT is a story which is not just based on the story, but it's characters. And honestly, I think they made the story so much more. When I think of their story, and the time I invested with them, reading their journey, I feel like I kind of became apart of them. I feel like I took the journey with them. It's amazing what King can do to
I really hate clowns.. never finished the book
Only Stephen King could write an 1100 page book about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and then kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown.

Derry, Maine, in 1958 is a bad place to be if you’re a kid. Child disappearances and murders are occurring with astonishing regularity, and while the adults set curfews and hunt for maniacs, a group of 11-year-old outcasts know the truth. A supernatural entity has been terrorizing and killing the children of Derry. These
I read this many moons ago and still think about it now and then. It's that kind of story.

Sure clowns are friggin crapyourpantsandrun scary, but what's scarier about this book is that the monster can be anything it wants to be.

Clowns don't scare you, no problem--how about a werewolf?

Not scared of werewolves--how about an angry, roaming hands father...or a dead father...or a clan of psychiotics that would love nothing more than to see your blood spill on the ground...or a hairy spider with "dea
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Some parts were truly creepy at first and initially, as often happens with King, I couldn't put it down. But then, as often happens with King, it hits a brick wall and becomes so over-long and has so many unnecessary elements that get in the way of the main story that it becomes a bloated, endless chore to finish. People often say they hate the ending of this book...I did not hate it or love it. I had checked out at that point and simply wanted it to be over no matter who lived or died or whethe ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 04, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Wendy F
Shelves: adult, horror
Okay, so I now know what Beep, Beep Richie! means. All of you King fans got this stuck in my head. Be happy that I left the clown pics out of my review. If you want to catch a glimpse of the super-sexy Pennywise the clown, you can check out my friends' additions in the comments section.

This GINORMOUS book of MAMMOTH proportions (seriously, I'm thinking this is longer than Outlander but I could be wrong) took me forever to get to the halfway mark. My buddy reading partner Katy...poor girl, she's
When I mentioned to a friend that I was re-reading IT, he replied with "Ehh, It's just Stand By Me with a monster. It's overrated." It should be noted that this friend is a movie person (if that wasn't apparent by his use of the movie's title, and not the story's title "The Body"), and I am a book person. It's like we're speaking different languages when we talk about King, because his books, in my personal opinion and with a few exceptions, do not good adaptations make. And since my friend is l ...more
3.5 stars. Clowns are friggin scary and Stephen King writing about murderous, supernatural clowns is just plain wrong!!!! I read this when this first came out as a teenager and the image of Pennywise stayed with me for a while (I also Tim Curry doing a great job looking the part in the mini-series based on this... thanks Tim!!). I am planning on revisiting the story to see how well it has held up in the 20+ years since I first read it. I have a feeling Clowns are still going to be scary.
Takeerah Arnold
This was the first novel that I ever read voluntarily. I was eight years old and had seen the movie. I went to a garage sale with my grandmother and noticed the book was there for ten cents. I asked my grandmother if she could buy it for me and she did. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship for Stephen King and I. That was the point that I would read with dictionaries handy and noone around to interrupt me. I would purposely go to garage sales with my grandmother from now on in search ...more
I love seasonal reading. The changing of the seasons and the reading of a book are two of the greatest things in life. When they are combined, they complement each other perfectly. Like white wine and Pizza Hut in my life, and like two things that actually go together in yours. Truly, is there anything better than curling up next to a Christmas tree, a fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, the living room lit by the soft glow of colored lights, and reading A Christmas Carol? Or sitting do ...more
I actually read It by Stephen King once before, when I was around 15 years old and it first came out. Back then I thought that it was one of the best King books I had read mainly because the book had so many powerful (and icky) images and the heroes were a bunch of misfit kids trying to stop a child-murdering monster that prowled their home town below the sight line of most adults. Now, 20 years later, I've re-read the book and once again think it's one of the highlights of King's career, but fo ...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, this book is many things. It's terrifying, it's sweet, it's disturbing, it's sad. But most of all, It is amazing!

The town of Derry is haunted by an evil with thousands of faces. With the entire town caught in the horrible creature's grasp, some of the residents are forced to confront their greatest nightmares, while others are forced to become the nightmares! Many years ago, a group of seven outcast children believed they had discovered
Janie Johnson
When I decided I would do the group read on this I was actually very excited even though this would be the third time for me reading it. It certainly does deserve the previous 5 stars that I originally gave it.

I always look forward to doing rereads on Kings books simply because I know so much more is going to come to the surface and I get to experience all those same familiar feelings, and once again become consumed by the contents written there. IT is no different than any of the others I have
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 23, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Well-written in conversational tone. I liked that. Third person omniscient narrator. I liked that. Slow but thorough building of characters. I have no problem with that too. Many characters in a very long book. That made this a challenging read for me. King gave names to each of his character regardless whether the character was main, secondary or extra. Important or non-important. Recurring or one time. So I found myself listing those names as they might appear again in the next pages. Although ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Ansia e desiderio. Tutta la differenza fra l’essere un adulto che calcola i rischi o un bambino che ci monta sopra e va. Tutto il mondo che c’è in mezzo. E tuttavia non una grande differenza, in fondo. Compagni di letto. La sensazione che si prova quando il vagoncino delle montagne russe arriva in cima alla prima ripida salita e comincia veramente la corsa. »

Ho pensato per qualche giorno a cosa dire di questo romanzo. Ho scoperto di non avere tante parole. Perché il cuore di IT è vuoto, è una
Too long and too episodic, but nonetheless one of King's powerhouse novels, possessed as it is with a palpable feel for the creepiness that can both inhere and nestle within the historic dermal layers of any midsize city. While all of that business about the Turtle and cosmic spider-bearing meteors eventually proves an eminently discardable distraction, the core narrative setting the Derry Loser's Club against the Dead Lights of the World's Most Malignant Clown, particularly when the former were ...more
I am just now coming back to reading Stephen King after a long absence and this is one I missed the first time around. In a word, scary. In another word, clowns and scary. Yikes! Stephen King brings his usual fast-paced style to this big book, and I never had a moment when I wished it was shorter. Nobody sets up horror like Mr. King and this is definitely one that belong among his most readable stories. My only small complaint is that King sometimes lets the ending get away from him and I though ...more
Stefan Yates
This is my second time through It and I must say that I found as much joy the second time around as the first. It is, in my opinion, King's most complete novel to date. He has created and fleshed out some of the best characters in all of his works and draws the reader into their lives almost completely. They, as both children and adults, are all compelling each in their own way.

Even with the length of the novel, which is considerable, King has done such a nice job of interspersing back-story and
I always want to condemn him for the writing. After the first few pages, I want to pull out a red Sharpie and scrawl "PULP CRAP" across the cover and ship it off to the kind folks at Viking. Because accessibility is bad, right? A book you can easily understand cannot possible be capital-G-Good, can it?

It's nice when a book strolls along and focuses its burning spotlight on my literary snobbishness, exposing me for the pretentious asshole I tend to be. Because for all the clunky composition, the
Mike (the Paladin)
This book has a couple of big failings (for me) but it's one of Kings better stories. I try to avoid spoilers (except under warnings of course) unless I think a review demands it so I won't hit any details. This is another book that tangentially touches the Dark Tower books. It exhibits one of Mr. Kings signature...what (?)..."glitches" or "idiosyncrasies" I suppose. It (the idiosyncrasy I spoke of) has to do with his cast of main characters and their method of bonding. There is a lot of deep sa ...more
Dec 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like a scary story
Recommended to Jennifer by: myself
"It" takes place in Derry , Maine where 7 indiviuals come together to fight an evil presence that lives and feeds off of mostly young children in this small town. These wonderful charaters confront "It" not once, but twice, first as children and again as adults.
I went into this book thinking "It" was a clown, when really "It" was much more than that...he took on many forms and "It" was creepy as hell.
This book was great! I have been a Stephen King fan for a long time and I am now kicking myself
I preface this review by stating (somewhat sheepishly) that this is my first horror novel. Honestly? I've always secretly longed to read a Stephen King book, but I never knew where to jump in. So I contented myself with reading On Writing and his book reviews, admiring the talent from afar, so to speak. Then the other day DH announced the need for the King moratorium to end once and for all. After a brief but intense conference with a fellow connoisseur, he pronounced himself convinced that It ...more
I loved this book. Stephen King rocks!
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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